English refs to blame for leg-breaking tackles, says Dutch boss
Published 05:00 07/03/10 By MirrorFootball
Holland boss Bert van Marwijk believes English referees are to blame for the scourge of broken legs affecting European football.
Van Marwijk has slammed Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong for the tackle that left Bolton’s Stuart Holden with a broken leg last Wednesday. He’s now out for the season.
Van Marwijk said: “Nigel plays in England and that is the league where referees allow players to do so much more.
“A foul like that the one Nigel committed on Holden can cost us the World Cup.
“As soon as the game was over, I got hold of him and I told him straight.
“Maybe he thought this foul was not even as bad as the ones in previous games, but he really must get this out of is system.’’